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Dept ENGR & EMS: Ankara, Middle East Technical University (METU)
Ankara, Turkey (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
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Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
Akdamar Adasi in Turkey

Program Overview     

Please note that only Penn State Engineering students and Penn State Earth and Mineral Sciences students may apply to this program.

Middle East Technical University (METU) is an internationally renowned university.  The courses, content, and applications are influenced by the Turkish culture as well as by its proximity to Europe and Asia.  You will take regular courses with local students at this institution.

METU offers a comprehensive array of engineering and science courses. Use the METU course catalog to find more information about specific courses. At METU, classes and accompanying work are conducted in English. 

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

Tea Time in TurkeyYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.

You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits). Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Students can register for a maximum of 15 credits.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Ankara, METU Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program 

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Junior class standing or higher at time of study
  • This program is open only to students in the College of Engineering or College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Housing and Meals

Students will arrange their housing directly with the Middle East Techinical University. You will live either in dorms on campus, or in nearby facilities.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students eating in TurkeyPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

There are special scholarships available for Armenian-American students who study abroad in Turkey through the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA). Please visit the TCA website for more information.

For More Information

Spot for a Picnic in TurkeyPenn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The college's international office is located in 204 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have.  Please see the Global Engineering website for information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad. 

Students in Earth and Mineral Sciences should contact Kevin Furlong.

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 02/09/2015 06/06/2015
NOTE: Orientation begins 2/9/2015. Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/15/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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